Lake Forest Park Icon, LaNita Wacker, Passes


Sep 27, 1941 - Jan 14, 2022

On January 14, 2022, LaNita Joyce

Wacker (née Jordan), wife of the

late Judge RobertWacker, passed

away from this life and her spirit

was lifted into Heavenly Grace.

Born September 27, 1941 in

Muskogee, Oklahoma, to Marvin

Jordan, Sr., a Methodist minister

and Army Chaplain, and May

Jordan (née Williams), a school

teacher, she grew up and lived during

a generation of change.

A lifelong learner, she traveled the

world attending schools in

Kentucky, Colorado, Germany, and

Washington. A 1959 graduate of

Dayton High School, in Dayton,

Washington she went on to study

and earn her bachelor's degree in

Philosophy from the University of

Puget Sound (UPS), Tacoma,

Washington in 1963. An accomplished

vocalist, she traveled with

the UPS Adelphian Choir and was a

member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity.

In 1962, at the time of the Seattle

World's Fair, she met her husband

and soulmate, RobertWacker, while

working on the DominionMonarch

Cruise Ship and later working with

her husband at the Edgewater (Inn)

Hotel. Married on December 30,

1962, the couple welcomed four children

into life while living in Seattle

and establishing roots in Shoreline,


Throughout her life she saw opportunities

for advocacy and service.

She personally faced and challenged

gender discrimination in her first

employment with the local phone

the company, later leaving that position

to become a real estate broker and

sole proprietor of Dream House

Realty, where she had a knack for

meeting people at their level and

the gift of gab, understanding their

hopes and dreams, and finding

them their dream homes from

which they could create and establish

a strong foundation for their

young families.

She successfully managed her husband's

campaign for election to

Judge of the Shoreline District

Court in 1974.A lifelong champion of

the underprivileged and those who

faced discrimination, she fought for

civil rights and disability rights, and

became active and influential in local

politics. She had no qualms

about being a thorn in the side of

government when she felt it was not

representing and serving the

People. She ensured that local leaders

acknowledged those on the

fringes of society and made sure

their interests were represented.

She was progressive in thought, an

active member of the Democratic

Party and Rainbow Coalition, and

supporter of the LGBTQ+

Community. She regularly attended

local school board and city council

meetings, as well as lobbying the

Legislature, even running for election

to get her points across. She

was a master of the 3-minute opportunity

to speak in public hearings

(which is far less than she would

have liked) and used her voice to

advocate for others.

She enjoyed researching genealogy

and connecting with extended family

tracing her roots of the

Hammond Family back to the

American Revolution and as a descendant

of the explorer Captain

Cook and understood the lessons history

could teach us to make a better

world for our future. She was an active

Soccer Mom with Shorelake

and Emerald City soccer clubs, a

a strong supporter of the Arts in

Shoreline, and active member of the

PTA in the Shoreline School

District. Her family and friends remember

her loving and caring nature,

her fierce independence, and

her creativity with a flair for the


She is preceded in death by her father,

mother, brother, Marvin

Jordan, Jr. of Spokane, and sister,

Brunhilde Gebhardt of Ober-

Ramstadt, Germany. She is survived

by her sisters, Elfriede

Arribas and Karola Modenesi of

Florida, her four children, Paul

(wife Pamella), Ted, Douglas (wife

Dalliana), and Tracie, her 10 grandchildren,

Jhemini (husband

Michael), Kelly, John, Kenny,

Danny, Jaimee, Jasmyn, Kaiya,

Brennan, and Gabriella, and great-grandson,

John-Michael. She was also

another to many more kids who

grew up in the Shoreline


The family is planning an in-person

Celebration of Life to be held at the

Lake Forest Park Civic Club, July

15, 2022 at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers,

donations may be made to the

ShoreLake Arts Council and

Shorelake Soccer Club or any other

organization to which you believe her memory

will be honored.

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